templestay switzerland


Welcome to the templestay Switzerland program. The Honora Zen Monastery is a place for contemplating on the true self through a very simple hermitagelike life-style. Everyone concentrates his consciousness on the given task while working. To work is to cleanse the mind. Work is a opportunity to meditate and become awakened to the real self. A small event in daily life can become an important moment of awareness for one who is in great darkness. Only through your determined and thorough examination of body and mind, worth and harmony can be formed. You and everyone with sincere intention is welcome to come and to leave. Please inquire whether there are still places available.

Before a templestay, a 7 day retreat is mandatory.

The Honora Zen Monastery offers a templestay Switzerland program for lay people, zen monks and zen nuns.

Life and death are the great matter. Be watchful of your time. All is impermanent and passes swiftly away. Time waits for no one.


  • 05:00     Meditation
  • 05:45     Breakfast
  • 07:00     Module
  • 12:00     Lunch
  • 14:00     Module
  • 18:00     Dinner
  • 19:15     Meditation (3x 45min)
  • 22:00     Lights out

Module (not freely selectable): Zen Meditation, Hiking, Work, Cleaning, Cooking, Gardening, Self study, etc. The schedule can vary.

templestay switzerland

Zen Monk Abbot Reding

In the year 2016 we opened the gates to the public. After ten years of continuous reexamination of the words and actions of the wise and holy Ones in japanese and south-korean zen monasteries, Zen Monk Brother Marcel founded, in mutual reliance with the clergy and laity, the Insopor Zen Academy in Switzerland in 2014. He absolved a pilgrimage through Japan (3000 miles) doing traditional almsround as a way of thanks for the ten-year training as a zen monk. As founder and head monk he is in charge of the Honora Zen monastery in Reichenburg and the Eremita Zen temple in Einsiedeln.


We eat what will be served (vegetables, meat, fish, etc.) and be grateful. The Zen temple etiquette gives a framework to consciously carry out and process your own words and actions.

Staff & Volunteer

If you want to stay longer than five months it is possible to become a staff member (volunteer) from the fith month on and have an expense free stay (from the fith month). Or you can do your regular work during the temple stay. Please inquire whether there are still places available.


Here you will find the most important questions and answers about templestay.

Day Off

Thursday is a day off and there is no daily schedule (except during the monthly retreat).


Please use the contact form below.


50 CHF/ day    350 CHF/ week    700 CHF/ month    2500 CHF/ 4 months

See our donation site here.


Honora Zen Monastery
Ussbergstrasse 26
8864 Reichenburg

Phone: +41 78 408 10 89

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